Glasgow’s Finniestion Crane could become a new visitor attraction for the city.
Plans have been revealed for a £7 million visitor centre, museum and restaurant at the landmark on the banks of the Clyde.
Community interest company Big Cran’ Co is behind the three-phase proposal for the industrial landmark, one of last giant cantilevers built on the Clyde.
In operation from 1932 onwards, it was used to load heavy cargo such as locomotives onto ships for worldwide export.
It hasn’t been in working order for several decades, but has become a symbol for Glasgow’s industrial past.
Step one of the new redevelopment plan is to create a 122-seat restaurant in the shadow of the crane’s 152ft jib, provisionally named Glasgow Fare.
Profits would be reinvested to develop a visitor centre and museum on the crane’s history, with the project forecast to create 50 jobs.
Examining ways to take visitors to the top, similar to the Titan Crane in Clydebank, form part of the plan.
The Big Cran’ Co has leased the structure, also known as the Stobhill Crane, from owners Peel Ports.
Big Cran’ Co chairman Allan Wilson, a former Scottish Government minister, said: “We believe this plan would have enormous benefit to the local community and would preserve a unique and iconic part of Scotland’s heritage.
“The crane played an important part in Glasgow’s industrial past and we want to make sure it remains relevant. It would be great for future generations to understand its story.
“The project can also provide hope as we emerge from lockdown and give a significant economic boost to the area.”
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